8/2 UPDATE: House Committee Issues Davis a Warning

Updated 8/2
From today's Metro section:
Democrat Andrew Hurst, who is challenging Rep. Thomas M. Davis III in November, called on the six-term Republican yesterday to step down as chairman of the House Government Reform Committee.

Hurst denounced Davis at a news conference in front of the Tysons Corner office of ICG Government, a consulting firm led by a close friend of the congressman's.

An article in The Washington Post last week detailed the relationship between Davis and technology executive Donald W. Upson, who advises clients on how to win government contracts that come under the oversight of Davis's committee. Davis's wife, state Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R-Fairfax), works for Upson.

"It is clear that access to the Government Reform Committee and the 11th District congressional seat is for sale," said Hurst, a lawyer from Springfield.

Davis, in a statement released by his campaign, accused Hurst of "taking the low road" in the face of more pressing national issues.

"I want to assure voters that our campaign will resist Mr. Hurst's efforts to drag it into the gutter." His wife's job has been "thoroughly vetted" by the House ethics committee, Davis said.

Originally posted 7/28
A story explores Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) links with a technology consulting firm seeking government contracts. Davis's wife, Virginia state Senator Jeannemarie Devolites Davis works for the company, ICG Government, and the congressman's friend Donald W. Upson is the company's founder.

The House subcommittee on Standards of Official Conduct this week warned Davis to "avoid a claim that you are allowing your official title to be used for private gain."

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